CES 2021 - Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 7+ 2-in-1 PC and the deployment of its 85 ″ Surface Hub 2S

Microsoft is unveiling the Surface Pro 7+, a 2-in-1 laptop PC for business and education, which benefits from some improvements over version 7. The Surface Hub 2S digital board will ship in February. Rumors are rife that a Surface Pro 8 will be released soon. To be patient and to satisfy professionals, Microsoft unveils its Surface Pro 7+, a revised version of the Surface Pro 7 promised as more efficient.    Among the major evolutions of this new model, we note first of all the passage of the Intel Core processors from the 10th to the 11th generation. Storage will still be capped at 1TB, but a maximum of 32GB of RAM can now be installed, down from just 16GB previously. The SSD will also be removable and a Full HD webcam integrated into the Surface.  4G is now supported with a SIM card slot and eSIM support. Plus, battery life gets a big boost, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm - on paper anyway - with a fast charge to 80% in an hour. The Surface 7 Pro +

Ottawa Expands Support For Small Businesses

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement at his press conference Tuesday morning. "This is an important decision, which will protect people on both sides of the border," said the Prime Minister.
The two countries will therefore have to decide whether on June 21 the border will be able to open again.

Ottawa Expands Support For Small Businesses

"We have been talking to the provinces a lot in the past few weeks and there was a clear desire to continue with the measures we have on our borders. You know this is a vulnerability that we all feel about COVID cases that could happen from the outside, "said Trudeau, in response to a reporter.

He once again praised the "openness" of the Americans in these border negotiations.

Trudeau was more cautious, however, when another journalist asked for his opinion on Donald Trump's regular intake of pills of hydroxychloroquine, the drug whose usefulness in fighting COVID-19 is still not proven.

"I will continue to follow the advice of medical professionals and urge every Canadian to follow the best advice of our health experts," said the Prime Minister simply.

Federal loan program more accessible

Trudeau also took the opportunity to announce the expansion of assistance to businesses.

Ottawa’s $ 40,000 interest-free loan to entrepreneurs through the Canadian Business Emergency Account will be more accessible.

"If you are the sole owner and employee of a business, if your business depends on contract workers or if you have a family business and you pay your employees with dividends, you will be eligible," said Mr. Trudeau.

The federal program has benefited 600,000 small businesses to date, or more than $ 24 billion in credit, according to calculations by Ottawa. These entrepreneurs were able to access a loan of $ 40,000, an interest-free loan, a quarter of which will be forgiven if the debt is repaid before December 31, 2022. Their payroll was to be at least $ 50,000.

The new criteria open the program to applicants who have a payroll of less than $ 20,000 if, among other things, they have expenses between $ 40,000 and $ 1.5 million that they cannot defer, expenses in rent or in property taxes or insurance for example.

Ottawa has not yet announced the date by which requests under these new criteria may be submitted.